France’s equivalent of the Oscars, the Cesar Academy, has seen its entire board suddenly resigning in the wake of controversy and calls for a boycott over twelve nominations being handed out to Roman Polanski’s film “An Officer and a Spy”.
The Academy’s decision to step down en masse came ahead of the 45th awards ceremony in Paris at the end of the month. In a statement on Thursday night, the academy “unanimously decided to resign” to “honour those men and women who made cinema happen in 2019, to find calm and ensure that the festival of film remains just that, a festival. This collective decision will allow complete renewal of the board.”
Hundreds of actors, producers and directors have also called for reform and so a general meeting is set to be held after this month’s ceremony to elect a new board, one which will look at implementing reforms and modernising the institution.
Culture Minister Franck Riester says the Cesar Academy must operate democratically, in the spirit of “openness, transparency, parity and diversity”. The academy, which boasts 4,680 cinema professionals, has long been criticised for being out of touch and dominated by older men.
Despite all the controversy, the film itself was a hit in France and has done well in several other European countries..
Source: BBC News